I have just recently purchased a Uniden UBC93XLT handheld scanner so am after rail frequencies for QR, PacNat & PacNatQld and other freight operators in Qld & SA.
Either I am looking in the wrong places or am blind as a bat but can't seem to find anything
I am after Qld because I live in Brisbane & am after SA because I will be in Adelaide late November.
Just program your scanner to cover the 418.000 range.
You'll hear the ARTC transmissions, plus GWA. Take note that from around the middle of next year the ARTC are switching to the digital network, as have, and will, other operators.
That will reduce the amount of rail transmissions you'll be able to receive on your scanner.
That's no good, looks like I just wasted 200 bucks then.
You have not wasted your money. Despite the fact that ARTC will be switching to the Next G platform, there will still be a significant amount of traffic to be heard.
The Next G system will be for train control, yards, depots and mainline shunting will still be on the conventional channels.
Also at this stage QR is not too impressed with the new systems and will be sticking with its analogue conventional radio network for a little time yet - smart move in my humble opinion.
Nevertheless, enter between 418.1000 and 420.000 MHz, the majority of rail radio traffic is in this portion of the band. Naturally some small operators have allocation outside it.
yeah, they're the frequencies I use but mainly pick up suburbans. Although its hard to say if at times I'm picking up Toowoomba coalies out at Ippy sometimes.
QRIG has all QLD frequencies
I can recieve QRs Far West control on UHF 44.
One of those "special" channels you need to have a techy mate for?
Has the Frequencies for the Mt Isa line Change? mine was working 2 weeks ago and now im not getting any Railway?
There has been a re-alignment of some frequencies across Queensland. I am still working on the ways and means of them. In the meantime, the best course is to search between 418.1000 and 420.0000 MHz. This is where the majority of train control and shunt frequencies are located.
If Mt Isa area is one of those that use simplex, then 411.0000 to 412.0000 MHz is where to look.